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Child care inspections to resume

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The El Paso County Department of Health and Environment will reinstate its Child Care Center Health Inspections program this month. The department will pay for the inspections using money from the El Paso County Department of Human Services and federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families grants. The additional money means that the department will be… Continue Reading Child care inspections to resume

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News this week from the National Cancer Institute was more disturbing than biting into a juicy cheeseburger, only to find it’s still cold and red raw. Diets high in red meat, their study found, contribute to stomach ulcers, cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s — and, in short, they can shave years off your life. While… Continue Reading Re-branding the latest beef study: science medium, accuracy rare?

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Despite rising costs, very few employers changed their health benefit packages during the 2009 enrollment season. Employers absorbed most of the cost increases, and added access to health saving accounts and wellness programs. That’s according to the Wells Fargo Benefits Marketplace Survey, which includes responses from more than 400 U.S. employers. The survey shows that… Continue Reading Employers not changing health benefits, despite economy

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Doctors support stem cell research

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More than 70 percent of doctors say federal funding for stem cell research will improve the country’s position as an innovator in health care. A national study of 636 doctors showed that physicians generally support the move to lift the ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. The majority of respondents — 84… Continue Reading Doctors support stem cell research

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IRS posts site for COBRA questions

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The Internal Revenue Service has a Web site for employers to claim credit for the COBRA medical premiums they pay for their former employees. The information, available at IRS.gov, includes an extensive set of questions and answers about the requirements set forth as part of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The site… Continue Reading IRS posts site for COBRA questions

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Child cardiac arrest testing

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One high school athlete dies every two days from a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or enlarged heart. Since the condition goes undetected without echocardiograms, the Anthony Bates Foundation is organizing a free cardiac screening from 10:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 7 at Lewis-Palmer High School in Monument. Previous screenings by the foundation resulted in… Continue Reading Child cardiac arrest testing

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New clinic

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The Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences has opened a health clinic for city employees. The goal is to lower health insurance claims for the city, while also giving nursing students the opportunity for hands-on learning. The clinic is designed to assist with acute and episodic health care needs, as well as wellness promotion,… Continue Reading New clinic

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Kidney Fair: March 13

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In response to an increase in kidney disease nationwide, the Pikes Peak Kidney Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 13 at Pulpit Rock Church, 301 Austin Bluffs Parkway. The National Kidney Foundation of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming, in partnership with Pikes Peak Nephrology Associates, will offer a non-invasive kidney health… Continue Reading Kidney Fair: March 13

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Health care committee seeks research help

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A new steering committee established by Gov. Bill Ritter’s Office of Boards and Commissions is seeking applicants to study health care cost containment and how to improve care quality. Applications to help with the Center for Improving Value in Health Care Steering Committee are due March 16. The panel will advise the state on strategies… Continue Reading Health care committee seeks research help

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Peak Vista Community Health Centers will receive $1.3 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The money will aid 5,240 patients and create at least 40 jobs. The money is being distributed by the Health and Human Services Administration and is part of $155 million in grants set aside for community health centers. “These… Continue Reading Peak Vista stimulus money to create 40 jobs

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